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Amber Strocel
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Here's what my life is adding up to right now:
Well, hello there. How are you? I feel like there's a lot going on in my life that I haven't updated here. The hunt for a new vehicle to replace the Silver Bullet. My continuing obsession with poetry. My journey towards becoming a math teacher. My love of tea. My podcast.
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Happy belated birthday to my daughter! http://www.strocel.com/hannah-10-years-and-12-days/
There were a few things that I gave up when I became a mother: Bathroom privacy; Adequate sleep; The ability to leave the house in less than three minutes; A rigid adherence to schedules. It should come as no surprise, then, that I'm sitting here writing about my daughter's 10th birthday almost ...
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My 6-year-old wants to be a vegetarian ... only not:
It's been a while since I opened Use Your Words by Kate Hopper, which is unfortunate because it really is full of great ideas. Today's post was inspired by one of the writing exercises in that book. The other day my six-year-old announced that he was a vegetarian. Actually, though, that's not ...
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Ha ha.  My 10 year old became a vegetarian at age 6 - when we got chickens.  He doesn't eat a lot of vegetables but he has never looked back and eaten meat since.
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Carbs, cheese and good words are the answer: http://www.strocel.com/finding-comfort/
Yesterday I had a brief meltdown at about 10:00am. I came home from dropping the kids off at school and tackled my to-do list. Then I finished my to-do list. Then I had nothing in particular to do … and it was still only 10:00am. This is a very foreign thing for me.
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Do you choose a word for the year? For 2015 mine is "strength":
For the past few years I've been choosing a word at New Year's to represent what I wanted to bring into my life in the 12 months ahead. In 2011 that word was space. In 2012 I chose clarity. In 2013 I chose presence. And for 2014 my word was forgiveness. This year, possibly for the first time, ...
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Embracing my angst-ridden 12-year-old poet once again:
I have been writing poetry. This is something I used to do as an angst-ridden 12 and 13 year old. I generated overly obvious rhymes and hit myself over the head with my own hopes and fears. I remember sitting down with pen and paper while I was babysitting, churning out three or four poems in an ...
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Saying good-bye to my trusty Honda:
Sometimes life brings the unexpected – events that are completely out of your control, and you could have never seen coming. Such an event happened to me last Friday. I had just set out from my house to run some errands when another driver turned left out of a townhouse complex driveway and ...
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What's making you happy right now?
My last post was a little bit down, I think, so I decided that it was time to share another happiness list. I blogged my last personal happiness list almost ten months ago, so I'm clearly long overdue. Who couldn't use a little hit of positivity once in a while? There's all kinds of research to ...
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Will the real Queen Victoria please stand up?
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It's my favourite post of the year - 2014 in photos:
This is my favourite post of the year. It's one that I do purely because I love it. It gives me a chance to reflect and wax nostalgic, which are sort of my bread and butter. This post contains my annual slideshow, chronicling my family's year in photos. It's my seventh (!!!) such slideshow.
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On becoming unemployed again:
When I posted last week, I mentioned that a lot has happened in my life recently. One of those things? I was laid off from my job as Managing Editor for VancouverMom.ca. There are big changes happening on the site, most specifically the imminent launch of the JellyBeen app.
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Aspiring Math Teacher, Writer, Erstwhile Engineer
Employment
  • VancouverMom.ca
    Managing Editor, 2011 - 2014
  • Crafting my Life
    Creator, 2011 - 2012
  • ArtsConnect
    Webmaster / Social Media, 2009 - 2012
  • Eastman Kodak
    Firmware Engineer, 1999 - 2009
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Female
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Green mama, writer, dreamer, sometimes student, wife, Vancouverite.
Introduction
I write, I dream, I parent, I podcast, I knit, I sew, I garden, I try to be green. My floors are sticky, my husband is awesome, and my cat has been in a bad mood since 2003. Once upon a time I was an engineer, and I built technology. Now I'm building a life and working towards my goal of becoming a math teacher.
Bragging rights
I am a whiz-bang cartwheeler.
Education
  • Simon Fraser University
    Engineering Science, 1994 - 2000
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